Potential PhD Projects

Stereotype formation

Stereotypes are crucial cogs in the social cognitive machine yet relatively little is known about how they form or how they are transmitted. We are investigating how stereotypes form and change as information is passed from person to person.

Social cue decoding across the lifespan

Faces provide us with a wealth of useful information about other people (e.g., identity, sex, age, race, current focus of attention, emotional state). Whether an individual is 2 years of age or 102, accurately interpreting facial cues is important for normal social interaction. With this in mind, we are interested in determining how we decode facial signals and how such abilities change across the lifespan.